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Facebook Acquires the Lightbox Team

 

Facebook are on the move again acquiring the team of photo sharing application Lightbox ahead of it’s upcoming IPO. Thai Tran & Nilesh Patel have announced that their team is joining Facebook and closing down the service entirely on June 15.

Facebook are clearly trying to dominate the way users share photos across the Web. It will be interesting to see how successful they are at doing so. Below is the statement from the Lightbox Team:

“We started Lightbox because we were excited about creating new services built primarily for mobile, especially for the Android and HTML5 platforms, and we’re honored that millions of you have downloaded the Lightbox Photos app and shared your experiences with the Lightbox community.

Today, we’re happy to announce that the Lightbox team is joining Facebook, where we’ll have the opportunity to build amazing products for Facebook’s 500+ million mobile users.

This means we’re no longer accepting new signups. If you’re an existing user, you can continue to use Lightbox.com until June 15 and you can download your photos from here.

Facebook is not acquiring the company or any of the user data hosted on Lightbox.com. In the coming weeks, we will be open sourcing portions of the code we’ve written for Lightbox and posting them to our Github repository.

We’d like to thank the Lightbox community, our investors, and our families for supporting us during this journey”.

 

Who’s next? – Viddy? Come on we have been saying it for weeks just announce it already!


 





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